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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:46 pm on 6th January 2004.

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Photo of Linda Gilroy Linda Gilroy Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton 3:46 pm, 6th January 2004

I agree strongly with my right hon. Friend that the safety of our constituents must be paramount. He will know that Labour Members have taken a keen interest in the issue since the beginning of the consultation and, were it not for the fact that my hon. Friend Rachel Squire is on a Select Committee visit, she would also be here today. We are shortly to have a meeting with our colleague in the other place about it. Would he also agree that it is important that the agencies not only protect our constituents' safety, but that they are seen to do so, and would he give his commitment to making sure that in the final stages of the consultation that commitment is clear and open, as we would all like it to be?